Prison Time For Rochester Man Who ‘Skipped’ His Sentence Hearing
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man is headed to prison for his convictions on a list of felony-level criminal offenses.
31-year-old Andrew Gustafson today was ordered to serve a two-year prison sentence for a third-degree burglary conviction. That sentence also encompasses his punishment for his convictions on second-degree aggravated robbery, criminal vehicular operation, fleeing police, and drug charges stemming from crimes he committed during the past couple of years.
Gustafson admitted to the charges in March through a plea agreement with the Olmsted County Attorney's Office. The robbery conviction stems from a robbery at a southeast Rochester home in July 2020. The criminal vehicular operation charge was filed against Gustafson last December after he caused an injury crash while trying to flee from Rochester police. He also tried to flee from the arresting officer while he was at the St. Marys Hospital Emergency Department being treated for injuries suffered in the collision.
Under the terms of the plea deal, Gustafson was expected to be placed on probation with a stayed prison sentence but he failed to report for his sentencing hearing last month and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was apprehended about a week was placed in the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center without bail until today's court hearing.